Instagram has yet again taken inspiration from their competitor Snapchat. First, it was the introduction of Instagram stories. Now Instagram has introduced QR nametags to make connecting and sharing with friends even easier. The interesting thing about all of this is the fact that Instagram has now overtaken Snapchat in popularity among teens. Only by a nose, but overtaken nonetheless. A recent survey conducted by Piper Jaffray found that 85% of teens use Instagram at least once a month. Snapchat fell short at 84%. These results show that taking inspiration from Snapchat has clearly had a positive effect on the Instagram platform.
Let’s take a look at what these QR nametags are and how to use them…
What are QR Nametags?
This new feature is a scannable identification card that makes it easier to find and follow each other on Instagram. It’s the 21st century and it’s safe to say that if something makes a task easier, it’s going to be a hit. With these QR nametags, you don’t even have to search the person’s name whom you want to follow. But, before we get into how to use QR nametags, here’s what they look like.
So, Where Do I Find My QR Nametag?
Below we have a quick video to show you exactly where to find your QR nametag. If you’ve got a couple of minutes spare, why not take a look?
If you’re more of a reader…
Now you know what Instagram QR nametags look like, you need to know where to find your own nametag and how to use it. First of all, you need to go to your Instagram profile on a mobile device. Following this, you need to click the 3 dots that you will see in the top right-hand corner of your screen. This will bring up various options including your insights, saved posts, and your activity. However, the standout thing you will see is a small version of your QR nametag. If you click it, you will be taken to the full version of your QR nametag which will look almost identical to the image you have seen above. I say almost identical as there are various different ways in which you can customise your QR nametag such as; colours, emoji’s, selfies, and stickers.
So, How Do I Actually Use My QR Nametag?
This section of the post is really simple to follow but without it, you may not know how to actually use QR nametags on Instagram. For ease, I’ll take you through in 3 simple steps.
- Display your QR nametag by following the instructions in the section above
- Another user scans the QR nametag using the camera in their smartphone
- The person who scanned the nametag will then be shown your profile where they can follow you
It really is that simple. This feature has now been rolled out globally on both IOS and Android devices for us all to use.
We hope you found this post a useful one! You can now go on happily with your life, knowing all you have to do to follow the next person you meet, is scan their QR nametag with the camera in your smartphone.